Western Art - MEJO OKON (b. 1953), It Was a Lazy Day, 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
MEJO OKON (b. 1953), "It Was a Lazy Day," 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona is admired for preserving and exhibiting the art and history of the Southwest and desert frontier. Nineteen years ago, it launched Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, an invitational exhibition and sale that — in the male-dominated field of Western art — has turned the spotlight squarely on women’s perspectives.

This edition of CU! will feature 65 emerging and established talents, selected from over 300 applicants. Their paintings, drawings, and sculptures are made in a range of techniques, styles, and mediums.

This year’s cohort includes 14 artists new to the program, among them Dolores Purdy and Lisa Gleim, as well as last year’s winners of the Director’s Choice Award (Yun Wei) and Best of Show (Rachel Brownlee).

The show is on view through September 1, 2024. Visit westernmuseum.org for more details.


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